Linde Gases has a new agreement with Swedish outdoor power products manufacturer Husqvarna for the supply of specialty gases and installation of a central gas supply system to help test exhaust emissions at the company’s new research lab in Sweden.

The agreement was announced earlier this summer and will see Linde’s high purity specialty gases and gas supply system play an integral role in Husqvarna’s newly enhanced emissions detection capability.

This will involve the supply of 30 gases in total, including three highly innovative ultra low hydrocarbon gases, nitrogen, synthetic air and fuel gas for use in chromatography analysis, and almost two kilometers of high integrity piping.

Although already available in the US, it will be the first time these ultra low hydrocarbon gases will be made available in Europe.

Husqvarna is the world’s largest producer of lawnmowers, garden tractors, chainsaws and trimmers and with North America a key market, it is critical for Husqvarna’s engines to meet the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Regulation 1065, which sets limits on emissions for multiple types of non-automotive engines – including recreational and non-road combustion engines.

It is also vital that Husqvarna engines comply with emissions legislation set down by the Californian Air Resources Board (CARB) which promulgates its own emissions standards beyond those of the federal government.

Husqvarna’s recently built engine emissions test lab has been developed to attain the highest levels of detection capability, detecting contaminants at less than 50 parts per billion (ppb) and will allow Husqvarna to measure for hydrocarbons in order to meet EPA Standards 1065, as well as nitrous oxide.